Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hearty Granola

BeforeMy goal when developing this recipe was to make a granola that was high in protein, good fats, complex carbs, and low in sugar (and absent any refined sugar). Plus I wanted a breakfast that was better tasting and for me than just boiled oats.

  • 2 c rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick cook!), toasted on cookie sheet in 350ºF oven until brown, 20 or 30 minutes
  • 1/2 c crunchy peanut butter (note – ingredients should be only peanuts and maybe salt – no fillers, oils or sugars allowed)
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 T flax seed oil (optional)
  • 3/4 c chopped cashews
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1 t fresh grated ginger

Brown oats in oven, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking. In saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter, butter and honey. Add remaining ingredients and oats; stir until well combined. Allow to cool.



  1. I wish I could buy something like that in the store. What kind of yield do you get with that recipe? Enough for 2 weeks? 4 weeks?

  2. Travis, for a non-grain more Primal Blueprint style, try sprouted buckwheat. That is something I may work on in the future, but right now have my sights on other things. I've been buying an expensive package of sprouted buckwheat granola at my co-op grocery store. Also brand Go-Raw. If you don't have a copy of Nourishing Traditions, get one! You should soak most grains, especially oats--for granola you mix your warm coconut oil or butter and yogurt and a small amount of water with the oats and let sit overnight in room temp/warm place. The lactic bacteria will break down enzyme inhibitors in the grain's hulls and make the whole thing more digestible. You then dehydrate on low oven temp for several hours the next day. I used to make this. So heavenly, and you can up the oil, honey, cinnamon. Why flax oil? I do not eat flax oil at all. Would drizzle on as I'm eating, if at all, but not added to the mix--it will only oxidize quickly. Instead, just toss on some chia seeds! Or, if that gets too weird for you once you add milk, then, just go for that coconut oil in your granola. Thank me later ;-)

  3. Sorry for the delay - I didn't realize comment moderation was off, so no email notification. Mike, that would last about two weeks. Rachel - if and when I reintroduce grains into my diet, I'll check out this pre-soak technique.